Écu d'Or - Louis XII

Écu d'Or - Louis XII - obverseÉcu d'Or - Louis XII - reverse

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Issuer France
King Louis XII (1498-1515)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1507
Value 1 Gold Ecu = 36 Sols and 3 Deniers (87⁄48 LT)
Currency Livre tournois (987-1795)
Composition Gold (.963)
Weight 3.496 g
Diameter 26 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 8640
References Dy royales# 655,
Jean Duplessy; 1999. Les monnaies françaises royales / Tome 1 : de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793) (2e édition). Maison Platt, Paris, France.
And 1 more volumes.
Fr# 325,
Arthur L. Friedberg, Ira S. Friedberg, Robert Friedberg; 2017. Gold Coins of the World : From Ancient Times to the Present (9th edition). Coin & Currency Institute, Williston, Vermont, United States.
LP# 598
Jean Lafaurie; 1951. Les monnaies des rois de France / I. Hugues Capet à Louis XII. Émile Bourgey; Monnaies et Médailles, Paris-Bâle.
And 1 more volumes.


Crowned shield of France, supported by two porcupines; in the circular legend, punctuation by two superimposed rings.Automatically translated

Script: Latin



Cross achée, flanked at 1 and 4 by an uncial L, at 2 and 3 by a porcupine; in the circular legend, punctuation by two superimposed rings.Automatically translated

Script: Latin



Amiens, France
Angers, France
Bayonne, France (?-1837)
Bordeaux, France (?-1880)
Bourges, France
Châlons-sur-Marne, modern-day Châlons-en-Champagne, France (1589-1593)
Crémieu, France
Dijon, France
Grenoble, France
La Rochelle, France (?-1837)
Limoges, France (?-1837)
Lyon, France (?-1858)
Montélimar, France
Montpellier, France
Paris, France (600-1973)
Poitiers, France
Romans-sur-Isère, France (1192-1554)
Rouen, France (?-1858)
Saint-Lô, France (1275-1693)
Saint-Pourçain, modern-day Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, France
Toulouse, France (?-1837)
Tours, France
Troyes, France
Villefranche, modern-day Villefranche-de-Rouergue, France
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France
A Aix-en-Provence, France
T Tarascon, France


This coin is usually called "écu d'or au porc-épic" (gold shield with porcupines), but it has two porcupines on the right and two porcupines on the reverse; from now on, we'll call it "écu d'or aux porcs-épics" (gold shield with porcupines). The porcupine shield was created on November 19, 1507 at the same weight, title and rate as the gold shields of Louis XII minted since the beginning of the reign; it was merely a stylistic change. The porcupine was the symbol of Louis XII, with the motto: "Cominus et eminus" ("from near and far"), as the porcupine was adorned with warrior virtues at the time, capable of defending itself not only from near but also from afar by hurling its spikes at its adversary. The motto was later changed to "qui s'y frotte, s'y pique" at the end of the 16th century, and later attributed to Louis XII.Automatically translated

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1507  (fr) Amiens (point 17ème)
1507  (fr) Angers (point 7ème)
1507  5 200 (fr) Châlons-sur-Marne / Châlons-en-Champagne (point 21ème)
1507  (fr) Crémieu (point 1er)
1507  (fr) La Rochelle (point 9ème)
1507  48 600 (fr) Limoges (point 10ème)
1507  (fr) Montélimar (point 3ème)
1507  (fr) Montpellier (point 4ème)
1507  5 200 (fr) Paris (point 18ème)
1507  (fr) Poitiers (point 8ème)
1507  (fr) Romans (point 2ème)
1507  (fr) Rouen (point 15ème)
1507  (fr) Saint-André de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon (point 20ème)
1507  (fr) Saint-Lô (point 19ème)
1507  (fr) Saint-Pourcain (point 11ème)
1507  (fr) Toulouse (point 5ème)
1507  5 200 (fr) Troyes (point 14ème)
1507 A (fr) Aix en Provence
1507 ancre 36 000 Bayonne (Anchor at the end of the legends)
1507 B ou b (fr) Bourges (point 22ème)
1507 coquillage (fr) Dijon
1507 Fleuron (fr) Grenoble
1507 nef (fr) Bordeaux
1507 T (fr) Tarascon
1507 tour (fr) Tours (point 6ème)
1507 trèfle (fr) Lyon (point 12ème)
1507 V (fr) Villefranche de Rouergue

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Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold Écu d'Or - Louis XII
Internet Auction December 2021
Lot 359
Internet Archive
Dec 7, 2021 1507 ancre – Bayonne (Anchor at the end of the legends) VF USD 824.41
(EUR 780.00)
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